Safety Advice for Parents of Small Children: Kids Locked in Hot Cars

If a child has been injured due to the negligence of another person, the law in Texas allows the injured child’s parents to make a claim for compensation with the aid of a Dallas-Fort Worth child injury lawyer. However, in order to make a successful claim for compensation, there must be three elements to the claim:

  • Someone must be negligent
  • Your child must be injured
  • The at-fault party has insurance which covers their negligence

Unfortunately, innocent kids suffer injuries throughout the DFW metroplex on a regular basis – and our attorneys have handled child injury cases against day cares, neighbors, parents of friends, and even the families of injured children.

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Don’t Leave Your Kids Locked in Hot Vehicles

One common way that young children can be injured is when their parents of caretakers accidentally leave them in locked cars – these situations can result in injuries such as dehydration, loss of consciousness, and even death. It has been scientifically proven that children overheat four times faster than adults.

Here are a compilation of suggestions to help North Texas parents keeps their kids safe and to remember that their kids are on board and in the vehicle:

  • Put your cell phone, purse, briefcase, and anything else you'll need that day, on the floor of the backseat. When you retrieve it at the end of the ride, you'll notice your child.
  • Seat your quieter child behind the front passenger seat, where he's most likely to catch your eye.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat when it's empty. When you put your child in the seat, move the animal to the passenger seat in front, to remind you that your baby is on board.
  • Ask your child's sitter or day care provider to always phone you promptly if your child isn't dropped off as scheduled.
  • Make a habit of always opening the back door of your car after you park, to check that there's no kid back there.
  • Never assume someone else -- a spouse, an older child --has taken a young kid out of her seat. Such miscommunication has led to more than a few hot-car deaths.

Kids are the most precious cargo any parent can tow around. Follow these tips and you will greatly reduce your risk of accidently leaving a child in your car.

Mark A. Anderson
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Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas